Unsure if you need a new roof? Regardless of the type of roof you have, there are a few tell-tale warning signs that you need a new roof. So if you’re ever up on a ladder (be careful!) cleaning your gutters, take a second to check out your roof. Better yet, have a professional do it for you. Due to the heavy moisture that we experience in the Pacific Northwest, roofs can be especially susceptible to water damage. Here are five warning signs that you need a new roof.

5 Signs You Need a New Roof

Sagging Roof

Can you see a portion of your roof sagging? When a roof sags, it often means the roof decking, or even the roof frame itself, is deteriorating. This is a serious sign that your home needs a new roof as water damage and rot are likely causing significant harm to the rest of the roof.

Furthermore, if gutters are not working properly and fail to lead water away from the sagging part of the roof, water can pool over time and cause expensive leakage issues.

Curling or Missing Shingles

Does your shingled roof have curling or even missing shingles? If you find layers of shingles peeling or curling back from the roof’s surface, it’s time to replace your roof.

Often caused by poor ventilation or double layering, curled or warped shingles are a sure sign that your home’s roof is past its prime. Keep an eye out as well for widespread missing shingle granules. This is true whether you have asphalt shingles or other common types.

Old Age

All roofs have an expiration date. While metal tile roofs last longer than most, typical shingle roofs last between 20 years and 25 years, depending on climate.

Generally speaking, the type of roof you have dictates when it’s time to replace it. As your roof nears the end of its guaranteed age range, pay close attention to signs of decay or warping.

Discolored Roof Sections

Splotchy or discolored sections of a roof typically indicate mold and mildew growth. These dark spots on a roof are areas where long-term moisture has proliferated mold and mildew spores. Ignoring these growths can cause devastating water damage to the roof and home itself.

Impaired Decking or Flashing

Roof decking serves as a foundation for the rest of the roof’s layers, but water damage can throw the integrity of the entire roof into question. As moisture collects over time, roof decking warps and deteriorates through rotting.

Similarly, if you notice flashing on your roof damaged around vents or in between sections, these are signs that your home may need a new roof.

On a home improvement kick? Got a leaky roof and realize it may be time for a roof replacement? The metal roofing professionals at Mountaintop Metal Roofing in Portland, OR are here to help.

Learn more about our new roof installation and overlay services in the PNW by calling (503) 907-9076 or request a free online quote. We can tell you about roof inspections, roof repairs, and the kind of roofing materials that will last for as long as you own your home — and longer!

Our professional roofing contractors know where damage occurs and is most likely to reoccur through years of wear and tear.